After owning and operating several restaurants, as well as spending four years abroad in Italy, owners Joe and Maria Conigliaro purchased Bradley and Wall in 2003. Joe transformed the grocery/deli into more of a gourmet Italian-based pizzeria and catering business. Although Joe may not spend much of his time serving le schiacciata these days, his daughter Laureen Napoli and her husband Rob can be found dishing out food and ringing up customers on any given day, maintaining the family presence.
A popular spot for eat-in or take-out soups, salads, sandwiches, pastas, pizza and more, the Italian influence on Bradley and Wall’s extensive menus is apparent. Some favorites include Chicken Parmesan and Penne alla Vodka, but all of your favorite Italian dishes can be found here. And all items are made fresh to order, with nothing frozen. Although this is not the spot for those with special dietary requirements (you won’t find gluten-free or vegan options at this eatery), they are happy to accommodate requests, when able. In fact, one request from a local high school student recently ended up becoming a permanent fixture. Called the “Boss Wrap,” it is made with chicken cutlet, penne vodka, fresh mozzarella, and spices. Not found on any of the written menus, this wrap is ordered by those in the know, its popularity powered by word of mouth – a true testament to the popularity of Bradley and Wall, itself.
If you’re looking for a crowd-pleasing meal this holiday season without all the fuss, you may want to consider having Bradley and Wall cater your Christmas dinner. They will prepare a celebratory feast for five or fifty from their comprehensive holiday menu. Although this menu consists of items available throughout the year, one special item sold for the holiday is Panettone, an Italian sweet bread originally from Milan that is traditionally eaten as a dessert. If Panettone does not please you, there’s no need to worry. Bradley and Wall brought a baker on board this year, who will happily make you a cake to order.
Laureen says that customers can call in orders until December 21st or 22nd. But, if it’s the 23rd and you’re really in a bind, she suggests giving them a call, noting that, if they can accommodate your order, they will. This is no small feat, considering both the small size of their kitchen and the enormity of the amount of catering they do during this time of year. After close of business on December 23rd, in the middle of the night, family and employees start preparing the long list of orders. Hundreds of tickets line the kitchen walls, completely covering them like alphabet wallpaper. In similar fashion to Santa’s elves working late into the night to make toys, the Bradley and Wall family toils tirelessly through the night to produce trays of holiday favorites, such as antipasto trays, chicken, stuffed shrimp, and cannolis by the dozens. The whole team continues to pitch in with this family production as daylight breaks and customers come by to collect their catered meals.
If you’re picking up your holiday meal and realize you left somebody off your gift list, Bradley and Wall can assist you with that, as well. Their gift certificates make great stocking stuffers for those who enjoy a freshly made Italian meal, after they’ve recovered from their own holiday dinners, of course.
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